“Notations, notes, music, time, an early binary language, searching for hidden truths against a backdrop of the printed surface; scratched, mottled, inked, torn.
My research starts with plates of metal, plastic, used materials or found objects. Some of my work is based on piano rolls. The encoding techniques for musical language become an expressive vocabulary and vehicle for an ongoing interest in sequences, rhythm and the repetition of motif. The actual piano roll, previously a technical and functional object, becomes poetically evocative,” Catherine Farish.
Catherine Farish was born in London, England, in 1951, and presently lives and works just outside of Montreal. She received a diploma from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School in 1976 and her BFA from Concordia University in 1983. She went on to study with a master printer in the French tradition of printmaking, and has spent the last twenty years experimenting and developing her own techniques. She currently teaches at Canada’s National Theatre School and the Great River Arts Institute in Vermont.
Catherine Farish has shown extensively in Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Asia, with over thirty solo exhibitions. Awards include the Grand Prize for Printmaking in Québec, the Acquisition Award from the City of Montreal, the Material Award in the Boston Printmakers Exhibition and several grants, including a residency at the International Art Festival in Asilah, Morocco. Farish’s work can be seen in collections such as Aim Funds, Alliance Capital, Banque Nationale, Bell Nordic, Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Commerzbank, Deloitte & Touche, Domtar, Ernst and Young, Hydro-Québec, IBM, Loto-Québec, Musée du Québec, Pfizer Inc. and SSQ Groupe Financier.
Farish is a founding member of Atelier Circulaire, an artist-run printmaking facility. She presently lives and works just outside Montreal.
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